English Literature Periods

  • 731 BCE

    The Ecclesiastical History of the English People 731 AD

    The Ecclesiastical History of the English People 731 AD
    St Bede known as Venerable Bede. He wrote about history and theology. He was a priest and his most famous writing was The Ecclesiastical History of the English People which was concluded in 731 AD
  • Period: 450 BCE to 1066

    Old English 450 - 1066

    450 -1066
  • 800

    Beowulf

    Beowulf
    This is an epic poem written in the Anglo-Saxon period, take place in 6th century. It can highlight that many of characters (The Geat king, Hygelac, Hrothgar, Ongentheow, Haethcyn, Onela and Heardred) of poem were real.
  • 950

    Edda - Icelandic Manuscripts

    Edda - Icelandic Manuscripts
    Those manuscripts that relate Norse mythology and poetry. They speak about religion, cosmogony, and history of Tribes like Scandinavians and Proto-Germanic
  • Period: 1066 to 1500

    Mild English

    1066 - 1500
  • 1300

    Ordinatio (Opus oxoniense) parisiensa (Opus parisiense)

    Ordinatio (Opus oxoniense) parisiensa (Opus parisiense)
    He was a Scottish theologian, he was known as subtle Doctor thanks to him sophisticated analysis about God and Jesus Christ
  • 1340

    Opera Philosophica et Theologica al fidem codicum manuscriptorum

    Opera Philosophica et Theologica al fidem codicum manuscriptorum
    William of Ockhamm was an England friar and philosopher, Ockham has been considered as the greatest nominalist that ever lived
  • 1367

    Piers Plowman

    Piers Plowman
    Poem written by William Langland with a particular style using alliterative verses without rhyme; this poem was inspired in the song of the husbandman
  • 1469

    Morte d'Arthur

    Morte d'Arthur
    This is a writing by Sr Thomas Malory and is the history of the King Artur and the Knights of the Round Table. Morte d'Arthur was published in 1845 by William Caxton
  • Period: 1500 to

    English Renaissance 1500 - 1660

  • 1524

    Bible Translation

    Bible Translation
    William Tyndale was famous by his transcription of the Bible into English language, He was the first in translate the Bible from Hebrew and Greek
  • 1549

    Book of Common Prayer

    Book of Common Prayer
    In middle of politicals confrontations where Edward VI changed the public religious language acts from Welsh to English. In 1549 was introduced the prayer common book
  • 1582

    William Shakespeare Marriage

    William Shakespeare Marriage
    November 28 William Shakespeare got married to Anne Hathaway.
  • Tamburlaine the Great

    Tamburlaine the Great
    It is a play writing by Christopher Marlowe based on the life of the Central Asian Emperor.
    Christopher Marlowe. He was an English poet, author, and librettist of Elizabethan period.
  • The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

    The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
    Between 1599 and 1601 Hamlet was written by William Shakespeare. Hamlet based in The Hamlet leyend and the Elizabethan era writings, known as Ur-Hamlet
  • Lycidas

    Lycidas
    It is a poem written by John Milton in 1637. This writing was dedicated to his friend Edward King, who died when his ship disappeared in the coast of Wales in august 1637
  • Samuel Pepys diary

    Samuel Pepys diary
    Samuel Pepys was a naval officer, and politician. Pepys was famous due to his personal diary written between 1660 and 1669
  • Period: to

    Restoration Age

    1660 - 1700
  • Oroonoko

    Oroonoko
    This novel relates to a romantic tragic relationship that describes the life of an african slave carried to Suriname during the 60's.
  • The Pilgrim's Progress

    The Pilgrim's Progress
    It is an allegorical novel written by John Bunyan. In 1678 John Bunyan wrote the first part of this novel
  • Period: to

    18 Century

    1700 - 1798
  • The Tatler

    The Tatler
    Richard Steele was the creator of Tatler, a literary magazine in 1709. This magazine published news and rumors heard in the public caffes on the city of London.
  • A Treatise of Human Nature

    A Treatise of Human Nature
    Written by French philosopher David Humeand. This book is considered to be the most influence philosophy book in the history.
  • A Dictionary of the English Language

    A Dictionary of the English Language
    Published in april 1755 by Samuel Johnson. This dictionary is one of the most influencial dictionaries of the English language.
    Samuel Johnson was an English writer, poet, playwright, and lexicographer between others.
  • The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
    Written by Edward Gibbon. The book series have six volumes that speak about the downturn of the Roma Empire. This book was the major attainment of the English literature during this era.
  • Lyrical Ballads

    Lyrical Ballads
    Set of poems written by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor. Coleridge They started the English romantic period in the English literature.
  • Period: to

    Romanticism

    1798 - 1837
  • Sense and Sensibility

    Sense and Sensibility
    This is one of the first novels of the British writer Jane Austen, published in 1811
  • Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus

    Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus
    This novel was written by Mary Shelley. Initially Frankesnstein was published in an anonymous way.
    It is about a young scientist and his experiments with sapiens creatures.
  • Ode to a Nightingale

    Ode to a Nightingale
    Poem by John Keats, This poem is a meditation about art and life, influenced by the song bird
  • Period: to

    Victorian Period

    1837 - 1901
  • Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero

    Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero
    Novel written by William Makepeace Thackeray, this novel was published for first time in 1847 and described with irony the British society of beginning of the century XIX
  • Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life

    Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
    Book of Charles Darwin about the origen of species, after of 24 year of research. this research is considered as one of the most precursory writing in the scientific literature. Charles Darwing is considered as the author of evolutionary biology
  • Alice Liddell in Wonderland

    Alice Liddell in Wonderland
    A story written by Lewis Carroll about the adventures of a 10 year old girl in wonderland
  • Treasure Island

    Treasure Island
    Novel about adventures of Jim Hawkin’s written by Robert Louis Stevenson. this novel describes the tale of buccaneers and buried gold
  • Lady Windermere's Fan, A Play About a Good Woman

    Lady Windermere's Fan, A Play About a Good Woman
    This story is a comedy written by Oscar Wilde. This comedy speaks about a Lady Windermere who believe that her husband is unfaithful.
  • Dracula

    Dracula
    Gothic horror novel written by the Irish author Abraham "Bram" Stoker. This novel talks about Count Dracula, who is a vampire that intent to leave from Transylvania to London.
  • Period: to

    Modern Literature

    1901 - 1940
  • Heart of Darkness

    Heart of Darkness
    This is a novel written by Joseph Conrad. This novel talks about his adventures in the Congo river. its main topic is about racism and imperialism.
  • The White Peacock

    The White Peacock
    This is the first novel written by D. H. Lawrence. This novel was narrated in first person.
  • The Voyage Out

    The Voyage Out
    It is the first novel of writer Virginia Woolf, this novel is cosidered the most intelligent social satire of this author.
  • The Waste Land

    The Waste Land
    One of the most importatn poems of the English literature. This poem written by T. S. Elliot
  • Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man

    Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man
    Novel written by Siegfried Sassoon published in 1928. He was a writer and soldier during the First World War. This novel is a classic in the English literature.
  • The Shape of Things to Come

    The Shape of Things to Come
    Science fiction writing. It was written by H.G. Wells and talk about certain future situation of economic crisis thanks to the war. Some of the things that writing was a prediction and many of this stories came true.
  • Period: to

    Post Moderns

    1940 - 2000
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    Novel Written by C. S. Lewis in 1950 and it is part of a series of seven books. This books have been made into movie.
  • The Second World War (book series)

    The Second World War (book series)
    The Second World War (WWII) book series was written by Wiston Churchil. He used personal notes taken during WWII while he worked as the First Minister of Great Britain.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was written by Roald Dahl. He was a novelist and writer. He was famous for writing books for infants books.